Education: Promoting Access to and Excellence in PreK-12 Catholic Education
The Connelly Foundation is committed to helping Philadelphia-area Catholic schools thrive. The Foundation’s grantmaking and signature education initiatives prioritize:
Programs that support or improve the academic quality of local Catholic schools
Investments in talent that attract, develop, and retain high-quality teachers and leaders in schools and systems
Efforts for strategic improvement around enrollment growth and financial sustainability
Human Services: Essential Needs and a Path to Stability
The Connelly Foundation’s Human Services grantmaking reflects the compassion of our Founders, John and Josephine Connelly, and their respect for human dignity. Inspired by our Catholic heritage, we seek to alleviate urgent, basic needs through access to food, emergency shelter, clothing, and critical home repair. We strive to create pathways to stability and independence through investments in youth and workforce development.
Our Human Services Funding Priorities:
- Basic Needs: Alleviating urgent needs through access to food, emergency shelter, clothing, and critical home repair
- Investing in Youth: Supporting evidence-based or outcome-focused youth out-of-school time programs
- Workforce Development: Creating pathways to sustainable employment and stability through foundational skill building, entrepreneurship, and workforce development programs
Culture & Civic Life: Rewarding Destinations that Inspire
In a region where civic and cultural opportunities abound, the primary focus of our "investment" in the arts is to support access and the development and delivery of educational programs.
Grants are awarded to organizations that strive to engage a broad audience and bridge cultural boundaries.
The Foundation seeks to identify and support sites and projects that provide a deep appreciation of Philadelphia's rich heritage.